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Hello everybody! I'm Brooke & I'm 14 and stay in Glasgow. I have always loved dobies and they have always been my absaloute favourite of all large breeds (favourite small dog is a pug hehe) I have always been involved in training dogs and really interested in them. After the death of my gorgeous Shih Tzu, Neiko. Me and my mum have decided in the near future we will take on a dog that will be more of a challenge. I've always wanted a dobermann so straight away I suggested getting a well bred pup. So, my mum kind of wants a collie type dog; but I reeeeeally dont, so she's left it up to me to chose the breed, research and train the dog myself. And I've picked a Dobie, of course. I am planning on getting a puppy because I don't think I'm ready for a rescue that could end up having alot of problems, so I've decided on getting a puppy and that way I'll be able to raise it the way I want.

I've been researching Dobies for around 6 months now and I'm pretty sure it would have an amazing life with us. Even though we stay in a small flat, we face directly onto a huge feild and there is lots of forest trails beside me, so I would be able to give the dog a strenuous, long walk early morning, and then a short ''pee & poop breaks'' throughout the day, and then another vigurous walk at night. I am planning on giving advanced obedience a go aswell to try and provide him with as much mental & physical stimulation, oh & maybe i'll try some agility when he's old enough aswell.
I'm quite experienced with large, domineering dogs as at weekends I work at my dads friends dog training class and meet and interact with numerous different breeds such as rotties, gsd etc. and I feel as if I'd be good with a dobie.

I know you guys may think I'm just some teenager who's wanting a dog to look cool with, but to be honest, it's so much more. The 'novelty' will never ever wear off with my dog, and I am going to make sure I will fulfill its needs and be sure that he/she is happy at all times, and never left out or forgotten about.

I can't beleive I've not discovered this forum before, I've been researching non stop for ages! Hope to talk to dobie owners and get a bit of first hand info on them and their characteristics.

Well, sorry for the huge story and blabbing on just thought I'd say hello to everyone! Thanks for reading, Brooke.
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Welcome to the site, it seems you have done some homework! Best of luck, and if you have any questions let us know.
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hi brook...

good on you for doing your homework on dobermans !

i know doberman welfare do a lot of work in scotland.. might be worth giving them a ring to see if they have any info on breeders in the area !

you can also contact you local doberman club to see if you can go along and meet some dobes in person !!

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You seem like a responsible, smart girl to me, Brooke, and I think you might make an exceptional Dobie owner. I like the fact that you’re taking your time doing the research, and that you’ve mapped out a plan already for exercise and training. And frankly, it sounds as though you’ve done more planning than most people who decide they want a puppy.

The fact that you are already getting experience at training classes is a plus. Dobes can be the sweetest dogs alive, but they can also be trying, especially puppies. A puppy has so much energy and spirit that they can be trying for even the most experienced owner.

One other thing Brooke, please contact an administrator and have them remove your last name. It’s a big world out here, and even though DT might seem like a safe place, with all of us wonderful people who care so much about our dogs, you never know who might be looking in.


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Hi Brooke~ Welcome to DT from Arizona USA. It is refreshing to see such mature young adults on the forum! Good luck with your Doberman search.

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Welcome from North Wales!

I agree that you do sound like you have a square head on your shoulders, but here's just a few things for you to consider. I don't know if you rent or own your flat but some flat buildings and landlords will have breed restrictions, so you will have to make sure you have permission to own such a big dog there.

Also do you plan on going to college or uni in the near future? Seeing as you're in your early teens, you have another 4-5 years left before this would be an issue, but would it be fair to jet off to Uni, leaving the 4/5 year old dog that you played the majority part in raising back with your parents?

Have you met any Dobies? Have your parents met any? Both puppy and adult? Were you thinking male or female? Would you consider adopting a dog from rescue? There are several beautiful candidates that may suit your family situation awaiting homes right now!

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I will PM you with another user's info. They have a beautiful dog out of a pretty good breeder in Scotland who has been known to do the required health testing, including Holter/Echo monitoring for Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Something that is very important to have done on the parents of puppies, I wouldn't be rushing to give my money towards a puppy from a breeder that didn't test their dogs for cardio annually. Maybe they would be willing to meet you and let you meet their dogs or even get you in touch with their breeder to meet their dogs.

Most UK breeders will only test hips, eyes (PHPv), and vWD status of their dogs. They don't tend to bother listing details such as Brucellosis or Thyroid, which are both important tests that should be done prior to breeding. Cardio is also something to be careful about. A vet check with a stethoscope is not enough, both parents should have an echo/holter prior to the breeding. Don't fall for the excuse that dogs under the age of 5 or 3 can't or don't need to be tested, you can read Brandy's story, she was only 4 months old:

Aritaur Dobermanns - Breeders of Dobermanns for Work, Show and Pet

Aritaur's website is a brilliant resource for the UK dobe folk

I wish you the best of luck in finding your perfect companion!

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